1970s Gibson Bella Voce Banjo
Produced in the 1970s by Ron Chacey, in response to the lack of quality and variety offered by Gibson in their Banjo line at the time. Only a few one-man workshops were building quality banjos at that time. Chasey advertised openly in various music publications, offering banjos with the Gibson name on them. After a time, Gibson forced all builders to honor their copyright, and stop making banjos under the Gibson name. This Banjo, with its heavy engraving and carved heel and peghead, was probably one of the more ornate banjos the Chasey made. The gold and hand engraved parts are rare today. This Banjo has been completely refurbished, with new modern size frets, a modern thinner neck. The gold has been replated and the Banjo refinished in a reddish sunburst. Case included.